Portuguese man-of-war


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Physalia physalis

the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.

Portuguese man-of-war

n.
A colonial siphonophore (Physalia physalis) composed of numerous specialized zooids, having a bluish bladderlike crested float from which hang numerous long stinging tentacles.

Phy·sa·li·a phy·sa·lis

(fī-sā'lē-ă fī-sā-lis)
The Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.
Synonym(s): Portuguese man-of-war.
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There are a few cases on record where Portuguese man-of-war stings on humans have resulted in fatalities, and victims can suffer intense fever and anaphylactic shock.
Dr John Gee, a zoologist with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, warned bathers the potentially dangerous Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish, are common in warmer seas.
Jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war often leave raised blisters that are in the shape of their own tentacles.
The most dangerous jellyfish-type species to be seen in British waters is the potentially lethal Portuguese man-of-war. However, the 2003 survey revealed only one specimen, found dead in a remote bay on the Isle of Mull.
Depending on what has stung you, you could have the following symptoms too: Jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war often leave raised blisters that are in the shape of their own tentacles.
The Portuguese man-of-war is a problem for swimmers because it floats just below the surface and is hard to see.
IPaF I was stung as a child by a Portuguese man-of-war and I'll never forget it.
Maria Furcas, 69, suffered an allergic reaction when she was stung on the leg by a Portuguese man-of-war while swimming in the Mediterranean with her sister.
STRONG winds have blown a rare Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish on to the Dorset coast - the third to be reported in days.
The Portuguese man-of-war is one of the most dangerous jellyfish in the ocean.